The Realist pickups, designed by David Gage and Ned Steinberger, have gained a deserved reputation as some of the finest instrument pickups on the market. Because of their quality, most players are comfortable with their semi-permanent under-the-bridge installation. However, for the traveling bassist, it can be difficult to take your instrument with you to every performance, especially if you're traveling around the world.
The Realist SoundClip, however, provides an ingenious solution. Instead of mounting under the foot of the bridge, the SoundClip clamps to the foot. This not only means that installation takes only seconds, it means that there's no need to lower the bridge or modify the bass in any way.
Ease of installation is not the only benefit of the SoundClip. Because every bass will respond differently to the pickup, Gage and Steinberger have developed an Adjustable Weight System that allows small weights to be added to or removed from the pickup. While very small (33.3 and 66.6 grams, respectively), the two weights can dramatically alter the tonal properties of the amplified tone. On the bass we used to test the SoundClip, using both weights gave a very bright, almost microphone-like tone, while removing the weights mellowed the tone considerably. The weights can also help to eliminate pesky wolf-tones.
For the bassist-on-the-go, or the player who wants a system that is both easy to install and remarkably versatile, the Realist SoundClip provides an excellent solution.